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I carpooled with some of the awesome members of The Situation Room to Cleveland last friday to watch our FC Buffalo Blitzers take on AFC Cleveland. TSR and I were looking forward to seeing FC Buffalo notch up their first regulation win of the 2012 season – having tied with Detroit City FC the week prior.
Despite a hard fought 90 minutes FC Buffalo ultimately fell to AFC Cleveland 4-2. Even though FC Buffalo was down five starters, the fortitude of the defense and goaltending of FC Buffalo withstood an onslaught of offense from AFC Cleveland for forty one minutes before Cleveland scored on a questionable penalty kick. FC Buffalo would answer with a penalty kick of their own at the fifty two minute mark where our very own Mike Reidy scored, not only the penalty kick, but the first goal of the FC Buffalo season.
Cleveland would score two more times, at the sixty and sixty three minute mark, before FC Buffalo’s Gary Boughton could put one in the back of the net.
With their hopes high, FC Buffalo tried to rally in a really intense 4 minutes of overage but Cleveland would put a final goal in to end the match at 4-2.
Even though we didn’t walk away with the win I have to say that this was probably one of the most fun games I’ve attended in the three years I’ve been covering FC Buffalo. The Lord Bedlington Cup was, of course, very memorable. But as a fan of the team, and the staff photographer, this match was the most fun mainly because I got to spend a lot of time with The Situation Room. The TSR gang are really something special. In, typical, Buffalo fashion this group of soccer fans have really gone above and beyond the call of duty as an official fan club. I know all of us would love to see four thousand soccer fans at All-High on the weekends, but this group of loyal fans really makes it sound like there’s a stadium filled with rabid fans. I carpooled with three of the guys from the Situation Room, which I thank them very much for, and I have to be honest there was a lot of tom foolery in the car ride home.
All of us had worked our full time jobs that day and then left for the game in Cleveland. In my case I worked my normal 3am shift at the tv station I work at, power napped at home for 30 minutes and hit the road. After a long match in the Cleveland sunset and a few rounds of medication at a fantastic burger joint in Clevelands equivalent to Elmwood Village we hit the road back home to Buffalo.
The car ride home was complete nonsense. At several points we were singing Trololololo, listening to Les Miserables, trolling other cars, talking about wrestling, determining what premiere team I should get into because I don’t have one right now, #HateErie and a slew of other things That are probably NSWF.
All in all it was a great day, a win would have made it a little bit better, but it was great none the less. I’m confident with the full roster on the field this sunday at All-High, FC Buffalo will be able to one up AFC Cleveland in a rematch. See you on the sideline #VestVestVest